If there’s anyone to take health and fitness tips from, it’s Dorian Yates. Not only has he maintained a fit physique over the years, but he’s also a six-time Mr Olympia title winner. The man is a pro when it comes to diet and exercise. Even Mike Tyson complimented Yates back in the 1990s.
In this interview, Yates talks about how bodybuilding was a solo experience. He explains that he had to study nutrition and train his body to find out what worked. There were no teammates or family, his success was all up to him.
To stay on top of his goals, he kept meticulous records of all of his workout sessions starting in 1983. Dorian documented his weight, strength levels, measurements, and more. One of the mottos he lived by was “strength of body…power of the mind”
Dorian Yates took small progressive strides towards his goals. He would write down what he wanted and go after it. For instance, he’d write that he wanted to add a quarter inch on his arms, add 20 pounds to the bench press, etc.
He encourages everyone to take on their goals little by little. Yates believes that if you have a big dream in mind, you need to have a plan of how you’re going to get there. Do you know you’ll have to sacrifice? Are you willing to do what it takes to get there?
Dorian says if you can’t answer those questions, then you’re just talking.
Dorian Yates talks about a time when someone asked him to take a couple of months off from training. He thought,” Why would I do that”? Yates says he loved and enjoyed being in the gym. He felt a natural high from the satisfaction of completing a workout.
He says the endorphins of weightlifting made him feel good. As strange as it sounds, Dorian even liked when his legs were too sore to walk or sit. He says the pain reminded him of how hard he worked.
Even with lots of success, there were times when Dorian Yates felt doubtful. He says throughout his time as a weightlifter he kept high confidence in himself, even when the press had negative things to say.
However, as much as he loved bodybuilding, he started not to enjoy it as much in 1997. He says it was at that time when he began to consider other things to do. Yates said although he thought about going for one more title, it wasn’t meant to be.
Now that it’s all over, Dorian feels it was a great experience. Brian asks if he missed the attention and accolades from those days, and he replied, “No.” Yates says that after a while, every athlete starts to look for something to replace their lifestyle.
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